When it mattered most, we produced relegation form

When it mattered most, we produced relegation form, undoing all the good work of this season. After our 2-0 victory against Newcastle on April 1st, I confidently predicted we would navigate the tricky cluster of April fixtures and emerge in pole position to secure a top four position. Turns out it was the best April fools’ prank ever! Four losses in five games and a string of appalling performances have poleaxed our season. Only Avengers Endgame and Game of Thrones managed to keep my spirits from plummeting entirely. Despite the disaster that has been April we still have the opportunity to make this season a massive success by winning the Europa League. Emery has to find the blueprint to get it done.

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Arsenal 2 – 3 Crystal Palace: Top four chances take an unsuspected hit

I haven’t been able to blog for the last few weeks, but if I did, I would have been showering the team with compliments. Impressive back to back victories and clean sheets against Watford and Napoli invigorated my belief in the squad. I was supremely confident we would continue our strong home form and roll over Crystal Palace to put us in pole position for third place. However, we cracked under the weight of expectation and looked a shadow of the team we are used to seeing at the Emirates. With four games to go this loss puts us in a precarious position, but I’m still hopeful we can secure top four as luckily, there is not much between us, Chelsea and Manchester United. In true 18/19 fashion, every game is like a cup final.

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Everton 1 – 0 Arsenal: Performance more worrying than result as away form continues to haunt us

Our top four hopes took a significant blow with Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. Phil Jagielka’s scrappy goal was enough to give the Toffees a deserved three points. All aspects of our performance were woeful and you would have thought Everton were the team fighting for an elusive Champions League spot. Momentum can often trump form, so I overlooked our abysmal away record before the game. Since our draw with Spurs, the team has had a swagger, freshness and authority culminating with a brief stint in third place. I assumed this momentum, coupled with the carrot of returning to third spot, would see our away form start to improve. It wasn’t to be.

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Arsenal 2 – 0 Newcastle: Emery matches last season’s points total with seven games to go

Monday night’s 2-0 victory against Newcastle took us to 63 points for the season, matching last season’s total. A fantastic achievement for Unai Emery, who has taken a disjointed and injury ravaged team to that tally with seven games still to play. Spurs managed to win their first game at their new stadium reclaiming third after we temporarily displaced them. However, victory at Everton this weekend would send us two points clear with six games to go. The Spaniard has us playing confidently and competitively, and on current form third is ours to lose.

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